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Mamiki and Lebo get a helping hand from The Dischem Foundation and Hot Cares

Mamiki and Lebo get a helping hand from The Dischem Foundation and Hot Cares

Abram Kgari contacted Hot Cares to request assistance for Mamiki Muleya, a 16-year-old disabled girl from Diepsloot.

Mamiki attends Bona Lesedi disability centre and her sole provider is her sister, Lebo Muleya.The family struggles to purchase groceries and nappies each month, so Hot Cares and Sherry Saltzman from the Dischem Foundation jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

The Dischem Foundation will be providing Mamiki with diapers and toiletries to the value of R900 for the next 12 months, and thanks to an anonymous donor- Hot Cares is able to assist Lebo and Mamiki with groceries vouchers valued at R1000 for the next 5 months.

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Hot Cares and Acer assist Max with his studies

Hot Cares and Acer assist Max with his studies

Andrea Anderssen got in touch with Hot Cares regarding Max, a 21-year-old waste recycler who collects recycling materials each week. Unfortunately, he failed matric at the end of 2017 and has been recycling materials to get himself through school and to save money to buy himself study guides to rewrite his matric exams. Thankfully, Andrea assisted Max by enrolling him for a course at Kolping SA which he has completed.

Kolping SA assists with helping young people join a Work Opportunity Programme and contribute towards job skills training with private or government institutions such as FETs. Max has been given the opportunity to rewrite matric via this programme and has been enrolled at Whitestone College, thanks to financial assistance from Andrea and Kolping SA.

With educational institutions following Covid-19 protocols, Max will only be able to access his study material online, however, he does not own a laptop.

A big thank you to Acer for stepping in – They have donated an Aspire A315 laptop plus R500 worth of data per month for the next year. Hot Cares will be covering the balance of Max’s fees at Whitestone College and we will be purchasing the study guides he still requires.

Hot Cares assists Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre

Hot Cares assists Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre

Hot Cares recently contacted Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre for assistance with one of our listeners who needed help rehoming a 72-year gentleman she had given a place to stay over the last few years. He has no family, struggles to survive off his SASSA pension and she was concerned as she is planning to emigrate soon. Thankfully, Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre has welcomed him with open arms.
However, while we were making arrangements with the care centre, we discovered that the home is in desperate need of bedding and groceries.

Hot Cares has a history with the centre and decided we needed to assist urgently. In 2018 and 2019 we assisted Wings of Inspiration, formerly known as Have a Heart, by replacing all the windows in the building, and by providing 24 new beds, mattresses, and pillows for the residents. Unfortunately, the previous owner fell ill and the centre’s condition took a knock. Luckily, Kirsten and her sister Anthea have taken over the centre and have made Wings of Inspiration Elderly Care Centre feel like home.

Currently, the home has 19 elderly residents – 2 of which are wheelchair bound and soon, Wings of Inspiration will house 26 residents- most of which have fallen on hard times and do not have any family to support them.
Hot Cares has decided to purchase bedding and groceries to the value of R10 000, ensuring the residents are kept warm during these cold nights and have nutritious meals. We have also purchased an infrared thermometer which the centre has received.

Assisting the elderly of Reuven Old Age Home

Assisting the elderly of Reuven Old Age Home

Hot Cares received a request from one of our listeners, Tammy, who under normal circumstances joins a group of volunteers on a monthly basis to cook for the elderly at Reuven Old Age Home.

They are one of the many groups of people and charity organisations that ensure that the 250 residents are taken care of, have food to eat and that the facilities are cleaned and well kept.
The residents receive government social grants, which is used to pay for their accommodation and utilities. However, for all their other needs they rely on community support.

During lockdown, volunteers are unable to cook for, deliver food and visit the elderly. Hot Cares was happy to contribute towards the 200 food parcels that were delivered to the home- ensuring that the caregivers and residents are taken care of.

A big thank you to Tammy and her friends for giving us the opportunity to assist, and for all they do for the elderly residents throughout the year.

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Hot Cares Covid 19 assistance in conjunction with ‘A Little Realeaf’- Jackson’s Foundation

Hot Cares Covid 19 assistance in conjunction with ‘A Little Realeaf’- Jackson’s Foundation

Jacksons Real Food Market in Bryanston and Kyalami started the Jacksons Foundation a few years ago and regularly support families and people in need. With the current Covod-19 lockdown restaurants are unable to operate, yet the need to feed those in need has become greater than ever before.

Hot 91.9FM contacted Gary Jackson to see how we could assist his business during this time, and in turn, he told us about this project, A Little Realeaf.

Gary has opened his Kyalami restaurant – with permission and permits- to assist during the lockdown. The Jackson Foundation has contributed R30 000 for the initial funding to start cooking for those less fortunate. Gary and his team have been cooking and packing delicious meals, together with other organisations, such as Hot Cares, have been distributing these meals to various locations in and around our area.

For listeners who would like to help, please donate directly to the Jackson Foundation with the reference: ‘A little realeaf’. For as little as R20, you can donate a meal to a person in need.
Their restaurants are also being used as collection points for dry goods which are then distributed to the homeless who have not been accommodated for in a shelter. A list of items has been posted on their Facebook page should you wish to contribute.

Hot Cares has collected about 700 of these meals and distributed between Diepsloot, Clay Oven Community and the homeless by the river in Bryanston. The response to these donations from the recipients has been heartwarming. From being speechless to comments such as “Food with real meat!”- the less fortunate have been extremely grateful to those involved in supplying these meals.

For any queries, or should you wish to get involved, please email hotcares@hot919.co.za or go to the Jacksons website, www.jacksonsrealfoodmarket.co.za/, or their Facebook page.

Joburg works together to feed the hungry

Joburg works together to feed the hungry

Chef Philippe Frydman contacted Hot Cares to tell us about his idea of putting the restaurant kitchens that are currently ‘closed for business’ to good use and that he had been provided a kitchen by Mathew Abrahams of Thava Indian Restaurant in Norwood.

Hanneke from NOSH Food Rescue NPC (NOSH) receives and redistributes prepared and perishable surplus food that is wholesome and nutritious to hundreds of soup kitchens and feeding schemes. Chef Philippe and Hanneke have teamed up to create Kitchens with Compassion and feed those less fortunate.

Together they are working tirelessly to prepare meals for those affected by the lockdown.

Hot Cares was asked to assist with donations of ingredients needed and other expenses so that they could ensure no food is wasted and that many people receive a nutritious meal. This team has already fed thousands of people all over Johannesburg and is looking at extending this project into other kitchens that have been offered.
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On Friday we received a call from our friend Abram who does amazing work in Diepsloot telling us of the daily challenge many residents are facing during lockdown. For many, no work means no pay – which ultimately means no food. Today, the children of the creche and their parents will be received a delicious cooked lunch and Hot Cares will ensure that they also receive groceries to sustain themselves over the next few weeks.